This Selling Sunset Star Nearly Landed A Role As The Bachelorette

Chrishell Stause has enjoyed an extensive television career, from appearing on long-running soaps All My Children and Days of Our Lives, to making her mark on Netflix's real estate mega-hit Selling Sunset and Dancing with the Stars, where she placed eighth. Stause became an instant fan favorite on Selling Sunset as the sweet newbie squaring up to a squad of mean girls led by the incomparable Christine Quinn, before solidifying her place in the reality TV hall of fame by enduring a devastating divorce in front of the cameras.

The actress-turned-realtor admitted to Glamour that her dating life could use some more work. "I want to find my person, you know, so, I'm open to anything and at this point, I'm, I'm so excited that my career is going really well. But I also want to try and find a balance so that I can, you know, have it all!" she explained. However, if her career had gone a different way, Stause may have found her ideal man already. And on another hit reality show to boot.

Chrishell Stause was in line to become the Bachelorette

During an appearance on Nick Viall's podcast, The Viall Files, Robert Mills, ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night Programming, revealed that Stause was in line to become the Bachelorette once upon a time. "I actually had lunch with Chrishell — this was about 10 or 11 years ago — to talk about being the Bachelorette," he shared (via People). Back then, seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette didn't alternate and the network wanted a summer season of The Bachelorette to fill a gap in the schedule.

A casting director recommended Stause, who was still appearing on All My Children at the time, leading Mills to have "this incredible lunch, I think it was at the Beverly Hills Hotel" with her. The senior VP described the Selling Sunset breakout as "awesome" and admitted he was "convinced" she'd be perfect for the dating show. However, DeAnna Pappas, who was sent home by Brad Womack during season 11 of The Bachelor, was a favorite to lead The Bachelorette and ultimately nabbed the job. In a parallel universe, though, Stause might have found her reality TV footing in an entirely different franchise.